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for the first time since his shocking resignation as the cia chief. what he's now telling lawmakers about the attack in libya that killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans. wç?q9iuó >>> exactly one week after a surprise resignation as cia director, david petraeus was on capitol hill this morning. he was testifying behind closed doors. we're now hearing what he told the senate and house intelligence committees about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash has been watching what's going on. what are you hearing, dana? what did petraeus have to say? >> reporter: one of the main reasons they wanted him to come here because he took a trip to libya and he hadn't had a chance to come here and brief lawmakers on. but another was to try to clear up -- i emphasize try, some confusion about intelligence especially in the days after the attack. cameras were ready before dawn hoping to catch a glimpse of david petraeus coming to brief lawmakers about the deadly attack in benghazi one week after resigning in disgrace. petr
there was some cia activity there. what exactly it was and what the cia's told involvement was, why there was a consulate there, wasn't even a consulate, didn't do normal consulate duties. what was it all about? by won't know until the investigation is completed and released. >> senator ayotte said when you're an ambassador to the united nations -- i want to get your thoughts on this. she said, look, you go well beyond unclassified talking points in your daily preparation responsibilities. i guess the implication being that she would have been aware of other things that were different or contradicted directly to what she went and said on television. does this cast any doubt on her story? general clark has made what i've heard from everybody who knows her that she is an incredibly honest and forthright person. >> well, i think there's a bigger question here, erin, and that's the credibility of the administration on these national security issues and whether they politicized a national security issue that led to the death of four americans. i mean, i do -- i don't agree that the ameri
cia director has some serious problems as well. president obama pulls out all the stops to keep middle class taxes low, but will congress go along with higher taxes for the rich? plus, a long secret u.s. plan, get this, to explode an atomic bomb on the moon. what were they thinking? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> today we may be at the tipping point for one of the most important decisions president obama needs to make as he begins his second term. on capitol hill republicans including moderate republicans are sending the president a clear warning, don't nominate susan rice to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. rice is the current u.s. ambassador to the united nations. she spent a second day meeting with senators trying to explain some of her inaccurate comments she made after the september 11th terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. cnn's senior congressional correspondent dana bash is joining us now from capitol hill with the very latest. what happened today, dana? >> reporter: wolf, it was one thing for susan rice to be criticize
, fbi agents raiding the home of paula broadwell. that is the woman who cost the cia director his job, the alleged affair cost him his job. welcome back to "early start." >>> it's 28 minutes past the hour now. >>> another big shoe droming in the sex scandal that cost david petraeus his job as cia director. the man who succeeded him as commander of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan, general john allen is now under investigation for alleged inappropriate communications with jill kelly. the general denies any wrongdoing. >>> the pentagon says allen will continue his role in afghanistan while the matter is being investigated. jill kelly is described as an unpaid socially liaison at a military base in tampa. she is a petraeus family friend who triggered the fbi investigation after receiving anonymous threatening e-mails from the woman at the center of the scandal. >> that would be petraeus' biographer and mistress, paula broadwell. their extramarital affair began after petraeus retired and became cia director in september of last year. a team of fbi agents were searching broadwell's home
this woman, 37-year-old jill kelly, triggered and fbi investigation leading to the resignation of cia director david petraeus after word got out he was having an affair with his biographer, paula broadwell. >> it was like a lightning bolt. >> reporter: kelly we want to the fbi after receiving e-mails from broadwell ordering her to back off and stay away from my guy. broadwell believed kelly was a romantic rival. congressional leaders want an inquire of their own and want to know why they were not informed before this went public. >> this could affect national security. inwe should have been told. >> reporter: now the acting director will testify about the attack in this benghazi, causing some concern. >> i don't see how in the world you can find out what happened in benghazi, before during and after the attacks, if general petraeus doesn't testify. >> reporter: petraeus could be called to testify at some point in the future. >>> and the bbc falsely implicated a politician in a child sex abuse case there. the director and news chief have all resigned there after broadcasting false clai
america." please stay tuned for that. >>> and here at home, the woman at the center of the cia sex scandal is starting to do some damage control. a close friend said paula broadwell is deeply sorry for the damage that's been done to her family and everyone else by the affair. the friend adds that broadwell is trying to repair the damage and move forward. but there are legal challenges ahead. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: paula broadwell with her husband and children. >> is there anything you want to say? this is it. i mean, is there anything want to say about this whole situation? >> we've got no comment at this time. >> reporter: returned to their charlotte home after spending most of the weekend at relatives. meanwhile, fbi investigators continue to pore over broadwell's computer and boxes of evidence taken from her charlotte home, to determine if she had classified information she was not entitled to possess. differing views of whether the decorated army general needs to resign as the director of the cia after his affair with broadwell became public. >> i come from a tradition
're even more concerned, centers around the information that the cia had just after the attack about possible involvement in the benghazi attack that killed ambassador chris stevens and those three other americans. now, ambassador rice did not make reference to this information in her talk show appearances. the unclassified talking points she used were provided by the cia, were stripped of these references to al qaeda, because the information was classified and couldn't be delivered in public. now, after the meeting, ambassador rice acknowledged those talking points turned out to be incorrect. but that she stressed she and the administration never meant to mislead the american people. and what the senators are saying is, as a cabinet member, ambassador rice is privy to this conflicting information, she should have been more discerning when she went on those talk shows, and that the secretary of state should ambassador rice be nominated needs more independent, not just held to party lines. let's take a listen to what senators graham and ayotte said yesterday after those meetings. >> b
. the top commander of afghanistan has been caught up in the scandal surrounding former cia chief, david petraeus. the pentagon is investigating general john allen for sending inappropriate e-mails to jill kelly. >> kelly, she's the florida woman who triggered the investigation, which led petraeus to step down. >> we want to get more insight on this quickly-developing story from lama hasan. she is live in our london bureau this morning. lama, can you break down for us, exactly, how big is an investigation is this? >> reporter: well, good morning to you, rob. there are reportedly between 20,000 to 30,000 pages of e-mails and other documents from general allen's communications with jill kelly, between 2010 and 2012. and they're underreview. defense department officials will not say whether they are involved in sexual matters or whether they are thought to include unauthorized disclosures. it's not known whether david petraeus is mentioned in these e-mails. rob? >> lama, this is paula. david petraeus resigned. but general allen so far has denied wrongdoing. he is staying on the job for now.
>>> good morning. unanswered questions. the affair that led to the resignation of cia director david petraeus. when was it uncovered? why did it take so long to tell the president? and why was this woman the target of harassing e-mails from the general's mistress? >>> blown away. a neighborhood in indianapolis in shambles after a mysterious and deadly explosion. more than 30 homes may have to be demolished. what caused that powerful blast? and the pits, a fight breaks out between crews of two racing teams after nascar superstar jeff gordon intentionally crashed into another driver. he says he has nothing to apologize for today, monday, november 12th, 2012. "today" with matt lauer and >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm savannah guthrie. possible to overstate how shocked those who know david betrars are over the turn of events and fallout from his surprising resignation is reaching beyond washington this morning. >> his admitted affair was first discovered when the fbi discovered threatening e-mails when sent to a woman in flori
and he was forced to resign as the cia director. well, now the general john allen, who is the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, is being investigated for trading alleged quote flirtatious e-mails with ms. kelley over the last couple of years. we're hearing from ms. kelley for the first time in a 911 call to t don't know if by any chance, because i'm an honorary consul general, so i have inviolability, so they should not be able to cross my property. i don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well. but now it's against the law to cross my property since this is now like, you know, it's inviolable. >> all right. no problem. i'll let the officers know. >> thank you. >> meantime, the senate intelligence committee wants to be briefed both by petraeus and his replacement, michael morrell. cnn's jill dougherty is at the state department digging into some of this really confusing web i think it's fair to say. good morning to you, jill. >> hey, soledad. you know, let's begin with that honorary consul general. in tampa, apparently, from what we can understand, jill kel
the department of state. why would the cia, why would they lie, the narrative was al-qaeda was on its heels and when the narrative is al-qaeda is at the front door and about to kill four americans. of course they knew and scrubbed out that information so susan rice either didn't have it or didn't use it when she went on the television talk shows on sunday. >> dave: the thing i can't figure out, david petraeus on friday said that again, i knew from the start, we knew from the start it was terrorism. why in those talking points was there ever any mention of a youtube video and a spontaneous protest, if the intelligence community knew what it was, why was that ever a part of the talking points, another question we likely will not get an answer to, don't hold your breath. >> clayton: as peter king talked about yesterday, the bureaucratic way of questioning them. >> dave: getting susan rice. >> clayton: protocol, to get the answers and she may not know anyway. >> at one point in the weekly standard it says, the president says we're after an election now i think it's important for us to find out
of a ground invation. first, inside the capital where general petraeus testifies about gen gassy, the ex-cia chief brought down by an affair showed it was a terrorist attack. he also said it was intentionally withheld with his affairs of tipping off the terrorist group. the cia's talking points in response to the missile initially calling it a terrorist attack that was edited out of the final version. the change was not made for political reasons. bear with me now as congressman, ranking member of intelligence. welcome to you. >> good to be here, pierce. >> we now know the white house, the statement coming from tommy. >> the talking points about the intelligence, and the white house and state department changing consulate to diplomatic facility for ak ras pep a line being drawn by the white house that they didn't change anything that the intelligence report went to susan rice other than what you named the consulate or dip the maic facility. what do you make of that? >> well, what is the issue that has been raised as a result of that? i think we all know the intelligence community had created
the cia director mistress no and when did she know it? >>reporter: minor warm-up is on the way but continue put away the umbrella yet. full look at the accu-weather 7 day fork is coming up. >> also in. the brawl that everyone is talking about. the penalty handed down late today after fist went flying between [ laughter ] [ girl ] wow, you guys have it easy. i wish i had u-verse when i was your age. in my day, we didn't have these fancy wireless receivers. blah blah blah. if i had a sleepover, i couldn't just move the tv into the playroom. no. we had to watch movies in the den because that's where the tv outlet was. and if dad was snoring on the couch, we muscled through it. is she for real? your generation has it made. [ male announcer ] the wireless receiver only from at&t u-verse. get a free wireless receiver with a qualifying u-verse plan. rethink possible. >> breaking news in the east bay. director of port of oakland has stepped down. he has been on leave following allegations that his top aide spent 4500 dollars in public money at strip club in houston. benjamin head
of the woman at the center of the scandal that forced the resignation of cia director david petraeus. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the obama administration's latest attempt to explain the misleading information given out in the days after the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. four americans including the u.s. ambassador to libya died in what we now know was a terrorist attack. but that isn't what the u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice said when she went on national television five days after the attack. today rice is up on capitol hill. she's explaining what happened and some big-name republicans clearly are not very happy with her answers. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is following what's become a pretty long day -- a tiring day for the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. what's the latest, dana? >> reporter: wolf, the three republican senators who had vowed to block susan rice from being secretary of state if the president nominates her had really softened the rhetoric in recent days. i'm told the r
, it was ambassador rice who asked for these meetings. she will be accompanied by acting cia director mike morel. what's interesting is that we've seen some of the harshest criticism has been sort of toned down as we heard there from senator john mccain. from threatening to block her nomination as possible secretary of state to a willingness to hear her out, senator john mccain seems to be dialing back his public opposition to ambassador susan rice. >> i think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to discipline herself and her position. >> another vocal critic, senator lindsey graham, is still expressing doubts about her but avoided answering whether he would stand in the way of a rice nomination. >> when she comes over, if she does, there will be a lot of questions asked of her about this event and others. >> whether this apparent new tone is a real shift in thinking prompted by political pressure or more nuance language, the white house is all ears. >> certainly saw those comments and appreciate them as the president has said and i and others have said. ambassador rice has done an excellent j
suggesting it was sparked by a spontaneous protest accompanied by acting cia director michael morell, rice explained she was using unclassified talking points which were stripped of references to al qaeda, still classified by the intelligence community. so rice used the word extremist. >> extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. >> reporter: a source inside the meeting tells cnn rice admitted to gop senators she was aware of classified information suggesting al qaeda was behind the attack, and yet gop senators point out she still said this publicly. >> we have decimated al qaeda. >> reporter: cnn also was told rice tried to clarify to gop senators what she meant was al qaeda's poor leadership has been decimated but gop senators say it is proof rice was putting pre-election spin before national security. >> it was unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. >> reporter: ambassador rice, what do you say to republicans who say your comments were politically motivated? rice didn't answer our questio
. also former cia officer bob baer joins us, also barbara starr, pentagon correspondent. in terms of seeing weapons being used here and increasingly sophisticated rockets that are being used, where are they coming from? where are they being smuggled in from? >> they are coming from egypt through tunnels under the desert. most of the components for the rockets are from iran. iran has been building up hamas' capabilities for two decades now. they're getting more and more sophisticated. some of the smaller weapons are being smuggled the same way but they're coming from places like libya. so there's multiple sources. i think what we're seeing with the weaponry from hamas, it's getting better and better. >> ben, you have spent a lot of time here. you've been to rocket making factories as we discussed at the top of the program. but the technology of how the rockets are being fired has changed. >> yes. before, what they were doing was these quick launches, they had three minutes just to set up the rocket, light it and leave, aiming really didn't come into it. now they have automated remo
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on the petraeus scandal. the investigation of the second woman that led to the cia director's investigation. >> the next thing that happened was just something that i never thought would ever happen to me. [ laughter ] [ girl ] wow, you guys have it easy. i wish i had u-verse when i was your age. in my day, we didn't have these fancy wireless receivers. blah blah blah. if i had a sleepover, i couldn't just move the tv into the playroom. no. we had to watch movies in the den because that's where the tv outlet was. and if dad was snoring on the couch, we muscled through it. is she for real? your generation has it made. [ male announcer ] the wireless receiver only from at&t u-verse. get a free wireless receiver with a qualifying u-verse plan. rethink possible. >>> cooler temperatures in rain bring an end to wildfire season. the peak wildfire season will end tomorrow in various counties. a burn suspension is also being lifted although anyone wanting to report a controlled fire burn must call it in. >>> investigators say the man living inside told them he was starting a fire in the fireplace to
petraeus departure from the cia. also paul brodeur well is a married mother of two. the cia say they have been investigating brasdweoadwell. bin this is something that could have had an effect on national security. i think we should of been told. >> meanwhile the spokesperson for the house majority leader says that he spoke to the fbi last month about the general of there. >> more than 100,000 people in new york and new jersey are still without power this morning. it has been more than two weeks since superstorm ripped through the east coast knocking out power to 8 million customers. did not forbid they had the northeaster with the storm winds and cold weather. >> 18 from zatarains and wallace are attempting to repave the first responders. they serve hot meals to first responders and victims who were affected by the storm. bidding for the main reason we're here because we knew how people came to norman's spirit a lot of that was new york firefighters. there was a big impact. they helped to feed us. as soon as we got the opportunity we jumped on the truck and came out and start cooking jam
the cia. an important point, since he could be tried under military law for adultery. >> my understanding is that the affair did not begin when he was in the army. >> reporter: but many who know the general suspect it began in afghanistan. it was september 2010 that broadwell made her first of six visits to petraeus in the warzone after being granted extraordinary access to write the book about him. >> when i was in kabul, we would do a lot of interviews on runs. for him, i think it was a good distraction from the war. >> reporter: question two -- when did the fbi get involved? it was around may or june that the fbi was tracing those threatening e-mails sent to petraeus' friend jill kelley. broadwell turned over her computer to the fbi, where they found a trove of explicit e-mails between petraeus and broadwell. they found a troef of explicit e-mails between the two. the fbi does not believe petraeus gave any classified information to broadwell, though there was some found on her computer. and tonight, there are calls from capitol hill to find out why it was the white house was not inform
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. the cause of that explosion is still under investigation. >>> now to the latest and former cia director david petraeus' sex scandal. mistress paula broadwell returning to her north carolina home. cameras were waiting as she and her husband pulled in yesterday. her husband scott told reporters he had no comment right now. meanwhile after petraeus' testimony before congress, a big battle is brewing over u.n. ambassador susan rice's declassified talking points on the attack in benghazi. specifically why the role of terrorism wasn't reflected in them. democratic senator dianne feinstein, the chairwoman of the senate intelligence committee, says she'll investigate why the terrorist role wasn't included. still in an appearance on nbc's meet the press, feinstein said she was sure the white house didn't change the language in those talking points. >> with the allegation that the white house changed those talking points, that is false. there's only one thing that was changed. and i checked into this. i believe it to be absolute fact. and that was the word counsel was changed to mission. that's t
general petraeus when he was running the cia and his involvement with it. it's ridiculous. ambassador rice made it clear in terms of where she got the talking points from. the republicans in the senate want to attack the white house, want to attack rice. they don't want her to be secretary of state. they don't want to say a word about the intelligence community. i say rice was right to fire back. they should push back. it should be just as aggressive in terms of laying out this is where we got the information from. and even condoleezza rice on fox news said, look, in this kind of situation, you get tons of information and it is always evolving and changing. >> so, caden, is roland right or is senator mccain right? is there more there there? >> i think roland is wrong. let's look at senator graham from south carolina also. if you know his history and senator graham's history, once they dig in, they're not going to quit. what they're looking for is the truth. they've asked for a special prosecutor. eric holder and his own appointees look at this. we have a history here. look. go back to scoo
and petraeus. petraeus resigned from the cia on friday and admitted to an affair on broad well. broad well was writing a biography about the general. >> i hate to accept it, but there are a number of things one has to consider. first was there any kind of national security breech. to date there was not. >> petraeus apparently started the affair when leaving the army in 2011. it also appears he was the one who ended their romance. >>> today all over the country people stopped to pay tribute to those who have paid and are paying their time in the armed forces to protect our freedom. >> reporter: the day began with tradition. president obama laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown at arlington national cemetery. the president said veterans day is special and significant. >> each year on the 11th day of the 11th month we pause as a nation and as a people. it is to pay tribute to you, to thank you. to honor you. >> reporter: the president and the first lady then walked to section 60 of the cemetery and greeted visitors. section 60 is dedicated to those who have lost their lives since 2001 in t
-mails between broad well and petraeus. petraeus resigned from the cia on friday and admitted to an affair on broad well. broad well was writing a biography about the general. >> i hate to accept it, but there are a number of things one has to consider. first was there any kind of national security breech. to date there was not. >> petraeus apparently started the affair when leaving the army in 2011. it also appears he was the one who ended their romance. >>> today all over the country people stopped to pay tribute to those who have paid and are paying their time in the armed forces to protect our freedom. >> reporter: the day began with tradition. president obama laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown at arlington national cemetery. the president said veterans day is special and significant. >> each year on the 11th day of the 11th month we pause as a nation and as a people. it is to pay tribute to you, to thank you. to honor you. >> reporter: the president and the first lady then walked to section 60 of the cemetery and greeted visitors. section 60 is dedicated to those who have lost t
points other than to say the original talking points by the cia were different than the ones that were finally put out. >> national security council spokesman tommy veder says rice's talking points were produced by the intelligence committee, and that, quote, the white house and state department offered one edit changing consulate to "diplomatic facility" for accuracy. he was on the intelligence house committee and he was at the hearing with petraeus today. what do you make of all this? you know republicans were saying there were some kind of political shenanigans going on. you heard the testimony. what do you think? >> there was never any evidence to back that up. it was clear the intelligence committee at the outset got that wrong. their assessment at the time, and this included general petraeus when he initially met with us, they thought there was a protest out in front of the consulate. they thought the violence took place either during the protest or after the protest. yes, there were militants involved, yes, there were terrorists involved, but they thought it began spontaneously.
they deal with something like this coming up next. >>> as the scandal at the cia and the pentagon continues to grow, a lot of attention has been paid to the men in uniforms. now there's a lot of attention focussed on marine corps general john allen because of e-mails to a woman who triggered the scandals. what about the wives and others members of the family. terry, thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you, gary, thank you for inviting me. with the news of petraeus' scandal and now general allen under investigation, some wonder, does the scandal reflect military families or marriage as a whole? what do you think about that? >> i don't think it reflects on military marriages or military life as a whole. the implications for this issue are for the families who are involved and to paint the military with a broad brush, military families or military marriages to say this in any way implicates them i think is incorrect. >> how is the news receiveded by military families? this is has got to be a downer for a lot of people. >> this is definitely a sense of sadness, speaking for me personal
, and who made what changes from the initial analysis done by the cia, we want to know who did what. i believe that the white house only changed one thing, and that was the word "consulate" to "mission." i do not believe that any part of the administration in the sense of the white house made any changes and we know when director petraeus came to the senate intelligence committee the day after the event and we happened to have a transcript of this, that he gave us his view that this was, in fact, a terrorist attack. but there was some reluctance of including one of the groups which was al qaeda. this is sort of a loose thing with people kind of knitting together quite possibly from three different groups, but it was an attack and there should be no doubt about that. nonetheless, susan rice has been pilloried because she did what was required of her, which was to use those talking points. so we really need to know and she is getting the blame for it and quite unfairly. >> well, she will continue to get the blame, of course, until somebody else is fingered for it, because clearly, she wa
on the american consulate in benghazi. acting cia director will be with her for those meetings and one person they're going to meet is republican senator, john mccain. he has been one of susan rice's most outspoken critics. he has said she's not qualified enough to be secretary of state, a job she's rumored to be up for. in our latest poll, we asked those surveyed, 36% had a favorable opinion. 26%, unfavorable. the vast majority of americans despite the coverage are unsure. >>> it's been 480 days since the u.s. lost its top credit rating. the white house releasing a report saying if congress doesn't prevent tax hikes, it could hurt consumer confidence and retailers and they could be forced to cut jobs. that's a case that could undermine any increases. and now, palestine. thursday, united nations will vote on whether to upgrade status to nonmember state. it's also a move opposed by the united states and israel. now, here's the headline from an op-ed "the new york times." support palestinian state hood. that was not written by a palestinian, but by an israeli. a former deputy foreign minister of isr
gives an order at the cia. there's discussion, there's flack, people don't like this, and then he goes home to wash dishes. >> well, there's no doubt that returning to civilian life can be difficult for soldiers. "the washington post" had an interesting article on the perks four-star generals enjoy. this is from that article. quote, the commanders who lead the nation's military services enjoy an array of perks befitting a billionaire, including executive jets, palatial homes, drivers, security guards. their food is prepared by gourmet chefs. if they want music with their dinner parties, their staff can summon a spring quartet or a choir. he lost all that when he retired to become the cia director. with me now political science professor at hiram college and chief political correspondent for politic 365 jason johnson and republican strategist and cnn contributor anna navarro. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> first off, i'm not ignoring the fact that general petraeus spent years on the battlefield, that's serious. but when he lived life according to "the
suggesting the national intelligence director, the head of the cia, they were concocting a politically attuned story, if you will, for the u.s. ambassador to the u.n.? >> i don't know who was responsible for it. that is the thing that we are going to discover. >> they said they did it. they said it wasn't a white house decision. >> it would not be unheard up in the annals of the united states to write something to protect themselves from embarrassment. >> i want you to react to some of the assertions, the accusations that have been leveled at senator mccain, senator graham, that there's an element of sexism and even racism inner that opposition to susan rice. do you believe that? >> i know senator mccain. and i don't think he would go that low. susan rice, as i mentioned, is very qualified to hold this position if the president -- again, i don't want to prejudge what the president may or may not do with regards to susan rice. i think she has served with honor and distinction. and i'm not going to make this about anything other than if the president nominates her, i'm willing to stand b
will be with the acting cia director michael morrell, they're going to be answering questions, at least it's expected, answering questions about why she said what she said when she did. in other words, when she went on those sunday talk shows, how much did she know? what were the talking points? did she really know more than the talking points? did she just stick to the talking points? was there more that she could have looked into? and this, again, i think reflects some of the confusion. don't forget, you know, there are three investigations. congressional, fbi, and state. and until those are completed. >> thank you so much, jill. >> a lot of people here in the northeast looking towards the sky this morning. winter storm we hear headed our way. let's get a quick check on the weather with alexandra steele. >> good morning to you guys. quick hitter. rain and snow. we're seeing it move in this morning and will exit this afternoon. and into the early evening. you can see, of course, the white delineating where the snow is predominantly kind of the axis of this main snow is here in southeastern pennsylva
, the former cia director general david petraeus went to the capitol to answer questions on the attack on american diplomats in libya. he managed to avoid reporters and cameras, but he couldn't avoid the awkwardness of the moment when he faced lawmakers. >> a certain amount of awkwa awkwardness, sure. all of us in the room, we have a great regard for him. i have known him for nine years now, so i actually urged him to run for president a few years ago. so i have been to dinner with him, i consider him, i know him fairly well. >> his comments basically were he was very sorry that this incident occurred and anything that occurred with respect to his personal situation had nothing to do with the way he handled benghazi at all and he also clarified this because this was out there, too, that his resignation was because he didn't want to testify. clearly, that was thought the case. end of snotory. >> we're joined by two cnn contributors. tom fuentes and james marks. thanks very much for coming in. you think he's finally put this benghazi thing to rest, general petraeus, by his testimony, or
should tell you, with the acting director of the cia. listen to what john mccain said, one of the chief critics. listen to what he said after the meeting. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get concerning evidence that was overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate, the tragic deaths of four brave americans, and whether ambassador rice was prepared or informed sufficiently in order to give the american people a correct depiction of the events that took place. >> so the question is, why are they more troubled? what did she tell them that makes them so much more upset? i spoke to senator ayotte, she said when you are in a position of in her words, significant response as susan rice was, that she has a responsibility to ask more questions before she goes out and gives the public what we know are -- were misleading -- misleading information about what really happened in benghazi. that's the crux of the reason why these republican senators are more upset. i've been doing reporting sense this meeting and the source i spoke w
reporting the cia is permanently closing the doors on the climate change for national security. the controversial department was set up three years ago. republicans blasting the unit as wasteful and a distraction to the agency's mission. the cia is not saying whether it was closed by budget constraints or political pressure. the agency will continue to monitor climate change and its impact to our national security but not in a stand-alone department. >>> in "the san francisco chronicle" clothing optional is not about to be an option. nudists are losing the right to bear it all. they passed a measure banning public nude did. when they passed this law, people decided to bare it all. nudists have filed a lawsuit saying the ban violates free expression rights. >> i was not aware that you can walk around like that. >> it's true, but i keep saying, it's a little chilly by the bay. >> you have to layer. in some cases, maybe not. 14 minutes past the hour. secretary of state hillary clinton wrapping up her meeting this morning with palestinian authority prime minister mahmoud abbas. the
of the cia, david petraeus was back on capitol hill. he met yesterday behind closed doors to brief lawmakers on the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. according to lawmakers who were there, petraeus now says the attack was an act of terrorism and not the result of a spontaneous anti-western demonstration as initially reported. four americans died in the benghazi incident, including u.s. abz christopher stevens. >>> we've got much more ahead this hour. here's a look at what's coming up. battling over benghazi. lawmakers are furious. the president is standing his ground, and there is still no one in custody. all morning we're putting the conflict and the players in focus. >>> on the brinks of war as fighting escalates between israel and hamas. experts say there will likely be a lot more bloodshed before the violence stops. >>> and a michigan law struck down. why judges ruled a ban on affirmative action unconstitutional and how the state is prepared to fight all the way to the supreme court. if you are one of the millions of men who have used androgel 1%, there's big news.
the director of the cia would resign this week and the worst hurricane or storm to hit new york for 100 years hit two weeks before. i am really proud of the election coverage, which was on the tail end of the storm coverage. and i was proud of the storm coverage. you have hundreds of people reject as a one of the great things for e students to look forward to. when you are with a terrific news organization. i love what i saw here in terms of the broadcast being put on and everybody putting on what as one of the greatest facilities i have seen. the spirit -- you will see it and the local newspaper -- how important it is we are still public servants. i think so much of what happens in a news today, people forget that. they forget -- you are here as a public service. that is an important part of what we do. the idea that everybody of the hundreds of people that work at cbs news during the crazy week of hurricane sandy has an example -- each has their own story of difficulty at home. all of them came right to work and ran into the story. that is what happens time and time again in the news busine
't that the cia change? they're the ones who edited the talking points so that it wouldn't say al qaeda and i think they used the word to protect their sources, it would say extremist. they made that edit, which to me again seems to go back to the intelligence community. it's not that susan rice got a long list of talking points and said, ooh, i don't want to say al qaeda. let me cross that out. i'm going to use the word extremist. she was given talking point that is removed that word al qaeda and put extremist. isn't that correct? >> who in the administration said susan rice should be the person out there talking about this in the first place? >> so you just don't like her? >> there was the real time information -- no. the real time information that our consulate was under attack. and i'll tell you what bothers me is that someone in the white house situation room or at the state department or the pentagon said it's not worth it. we can't go in and help them. and to understand how long the attack continued, that's really troublesome. the fact that the united states cannot respond within an ho
. the other, there's been a war between israel and hamas, the cia director has resigned, and his ambassador to united nations has remained under fire. we'll also touch on black friday. joining me is anna navarro. good morning. >> good morning, carol. good morning. >> good morning. on to our first topic. is overover, anna? >> well, it sure has a nice ring to it. i say good job to chambliss. your pledge should be to your country, your god, your spouse. that's what it is. i come at this from the jeb bush school of thought. couple of months ago he was being asked about this in congress and he said you don't outsource your convictions. that's exactly the right thing to say and the right thing to think. you should act because that's how you want to act. not because you are being held bound by some pledge. >> and maria, what does this mean for talks on the fiscal cliff? >> well, i actually think it's positive. because it gives republicans lee way to do the right thing. and chambliss was right on in basically saying he cares more about his country. i wasn't at the -- was at the dnc in the early '90
that caused a problem. it was the acting cia director michael murrell who went with her to this meeting with the three republican senators, told them that it was actually the fbi that changed the unclassified talking points that susan rice used and then really made them mad about that. then hours later called back and said, never mind. we were wrong. so they didn't even -- he didn't even have his facts right in that meeting, which really adds fuel to the fire here. >> okay. and not picking on susan rice but i have to lay this by you. i mean, isn't it part rice's personality the editor at large of foreign policy magazine describes rice this way, quote, she's not easy. i'm not sure i'd want to take her on a picnic with my family, but if the president wants her to be secretary of state, she'll work hard. this is from a reuters article. so is it in part that senators aren't used to dealing with a person -- i mean, susan rice just comes out and kind of says things. she's blunt. she's not charming, warm, etcetera. >> or maybe some might say diplomatic which you need for the role of secretary
of state, call up the director of the cia, get together with the relevant congressional oversight committee and say what happened, how do we fix it? let's make sure we can go better and not lose diplomats. >> if for some reason you did get another phone call -- you have gotten one before from the president of the united states, saying he would like you to serve as secretary of state. >> would you do it? >> i don't play the hypothetical game. we have moved on. my history has always spoken to putting my country first. and if i didn't, my two sons at the u.s. naval academy would never forgive me. the president will choose who he wa wants. and it serves no purpose playing the speculation game. >> that's interesting, who would you recommend for that sort of position? >> if you were obama, who would you pick? >> final question. >> it does no good to play the name game. >> you can dodge my question but not abby's. >> let's say this about the future. the future isn't afghanistan or iraq but how well prepared we are to meet the 21st century challenges of competitiveness. that will be economics, educ
the scandal involving former cia director david petraeus. 36% of republicans, 35% of democrats and 31% of independents say they are following the debate on the fiscal cliff very closely. how does that compare with the petraeus affair? well, only 28% of republicans, 21% of democrats and 19% of independents are following the investigation, quote, very closely. >>> florida senator marko rubio didn't give an answer when asked by "gq" how old the earth is. his response? "i'm not a scientist, man." it's estimated more than 4 .5 million years old. there are multiple theories on how the university is created, and i think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. >>> conservation experts are teaming up with federal agents to investigate the violent deaths of bottlenose dolphins along the northern gulf coast. one of the dolphins was shot. another was stabbed with a screwdriver. the institute for marine mammal studies says at least six dolphins have died from foul play since january. >>> after spending six years in los angeles, soccer superstar david beckham w
out to be from cia director david petraeus' mistress. allen, whose nomination to be military chief of nato is on hold, faces uncertainty. no one knows what the investigation will recommend. high profile problems with some of america's most senior military officers now a matter for the white house. this week president obama is to receive an initial report from the pentagon on fixing ethics training for senior officers. the majority of them do obey the rules, but it may not be enough. >> but if there's a perception of a problem with the american public for the military, then there's a big problem. >> reporter: mark says there are no excuses. >> clearly everybody knows that when you pick up a cell phone, put something down on the internet, you are subject to monitoring. >> reporter: the navy just fired two top officials at its prestigious postgraduate school in monterey, california. officials say they deliberately mismanaged money. rear admiral charles goet this month relieved of duty as a strike group sailing in the middle east. a military official told cnn there were multiple compla
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